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Project by Kaa162 posted 12-10-2013 03:33 PM 1236 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know the wine bottle balancer is not a big deal, but I am very green in the woodworking world and this is my first attempt. I am pretty happy about it. To top it off, my 5 year old son helped me! This is also the first of many projects that I hope to post.

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!





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davidmackv

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 05:25 PM

Nice job. I made some of these a few weeks ago. I struggle getting the hole drilled clean at that angle.

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Kaa162

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 05:51 PM

I went straight down. There were some that were done at 45 degrees, but I didn’t bother. I drilled the whole way through at the center with a small drill bit and then went half way through with a 1.5” forstner, flipped it over and finished it off. I got a perfect hole with no tear out.

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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TxB

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 06:18 PM

Would the whole thing tip over with less wine or does it stand up regardless of the level? This is very cool.

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clieb91

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 06:46 PM

Belated welcome, nice simple project. I love making these, like you I find a straight hole works just as well. Even better that your young son helped. It is great to have your kids in the shop with you.

Look forward to seeing more projects.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 12-10-2013 07:43 PM

Everyone has to start somewhere. Good job.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Kaa162

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#6 posted 12-10-2013 08:52 PM

TxB, in the interest of science my wife finished the wine so we could fill it up with water. The bottle still balanced. It was actually more stable full than half empty. Basically, the stem of the bottle moves out as the fluid lessens.

@ CtL, thanks! My son gets excited when we run the power tools. Hates sanding though…I’m right there with him on that one.

-- Blessed to have a wife who supports my addiction...Hobbies!

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 04:51 AM

Nice job. Like Monte said, you have to start somewhere. You should see my first work. I don’t even want to go there.
I ‘m still amazed on how these work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Jake

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 05:11 AM

Good job. Wine balancers are an awesome project. Made one of these from live edge cherry for my friends house warming, took me like 10 minutes and they got super excited when they figured out how it works, still is a centrepiece on their mantle.

Even more than the project itself I love the fact that your son helped, building wine balancers and great memories!

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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connorj

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#9 posted 12-11-2013 05:23 AM

Did you cut the bottom and top ends at 45 degrees?

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albachippie

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#10 posted 12-11-2013 09:43 AM

Nice work, and welcome to LJs

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Garry-Macdonald-Woodwork/425518554215355?ref=hl

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clieb91

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 03:09 AM

Sanding is not a part of the project that most woodworkers enjoy. But wait until you start doing it on a project on the lathe. It is about the only time my daughter likes to sand.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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